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Update From Recent Pacific Marine Expo Show

Posted on November 25, 2009

Kvichak Marine Industries of Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. reported at the recent Pacific Marine Expo that they are building three 22 meter all-weather fast pilot boats for the Dutch Pilotage Organization. The naval architects are Camarc Design of the UK.

The all-aluminum vessels are powered by twin Caterpillar C-32 ACERT engines each rated 970 kW turning Hamilton 651 water jets via ZF 3050 marine gears. This combination allows for optimum maneuverability when coming alongside ships in a seaway and a top speed of 28 knots fully loaded.

To meet the stringent emission regulations set by the authorities of the Port of Rotterdam, each boat will be equipped with a nauticlean selective catalytic reduction system and diesel particulate filter from Hug Engineering (Switzerland) and SootTech B.V. (Netherlands). Hug claims reductions of over 95% for particulates, NOx and SOx, fulfilling all new requirements by IMO and EU guidelines. Completion dates for the three boats are scheduled for January 2010, February 2010 and April 2010.

Kvichak is also completing a fourth 118’ environmentally-friendly catamaran ferry for the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) in San Francisco Bay. These vessels are being built in partnership with Nichols Brothers and are fitted with an SCR system supplied by Pacific Power Products, who also supplied the MTU 2000 main engines. Their emissions are 85% cleaner than EPA standards for Tier II (2007) marine engines, (see D&GTW November 2009, Emissions Worldview, page 6).

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